Traffic is snarled up in Stratford-upon-Avon this morning, with queues tailing back along the A46 towards the Marraway Roundabout.

It took Bridgetown resident Alison Roache an hour to drive from Sheep Street in the centre of town to her home in Keats Road.

“I came in very early to do some shopping,” she said. “Traffic is gridlocked and there isn’t a police officer in site. It’s just made me really cross.”

While the traffic is frustrating some residents, others have managed to get cheap tickets for the festival.

Last year, resident tickets were available for a £40 donation to charity and despite an increase in number from 800 to 1,200, they sold out for the first time.

There was uproar from some residents left disappointed because they wrongly believed each household was entitled to two tickets, when they were actually available on a first-come first-served basis.

To combat a potentially dangerous rush of people this year, an online system was introduced.

Live for two weeks, half the tickets went on sale between Monday 30th June and Friday 4th July, and the second allocation was available between Monday 7th and Friday 11th July.

At 9.30am this morning traffic was backing up along the A46 all the way to the Marraway Roundabout.

At 9.30am this morning traffic was backing up along the A46 all the way to the Marraway Roundabout.

Rumours circulated last year that eager music fans from around the country were knocking on doors and paying residents of nearby villages to get tickets for them.

This year, only residents who are on the electoral register within two miles of the airfield were able to buy them online.

In order to get their wristband this week they have had to take their driving licence with that same address on it to the airfield.

Residents from Lower Quinton, Upper Quinton, Clifford Chambers, Long Marston, Welford, Dorsington, Pebworth, Preston-on-Stour and Admington all qualify for resident tickets.

Over the years they have raised more than £300,000 for the surrounding community.

Community first responders, defibrillator groups, churches, Open Space Project, Shakespeare Hospice, Warwickshire and North-amptonshire Air Ambulance, Riding for the Disabled, and Guide Dogs are just some of the community projects benefitting this year.

The police, who have 446 officers and members of staff working at the festival, are warning people to expect an increase in traffic around Stratford this weekend.

Festival organisers have set up a telephone number to call in the event of any noise complaints. Ring 0345 557 8394.

GlobalGathering runs from 12noon today until 4am on Sunday.

The headline acts are David Guetta, Chase and Status, The Prodigy and Alesso.